The event will take place in the new exhibition hall of Fiera del Levante until 4 February. These are the statements made by Vendola, Introna, Nicastro, Paparesta, Viesti and Sammurri
MEDITERRE 2012 WAS INAUGURATED TODAY: ITS KEYWORD IS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Environmental sustainability, green economy, sea defence, water and energy-saving policies, attention to climate: these are the main topics of the 7th Mediterre Fair Trade. The event, which will be open until February 4, was inaugurated today in the new exhibition hall of Fiera del Levante and was organised by the Department of Environmental Quality of Apulia Government, in cooperation with the Italian Federation of Parks and Natural Reserves.
As President Gianfranco Viesti argues, “The building housing the event is the symbol of how Fiera del Levante has changed over the time. Such a change involves, in particular, the topics Fiera del Levante deals with such as green economy, renewable energy sources, water, tourism, environment and energy sustainability. New entrepreneurial firms are now blooming in our district and we are paying greater attention to international market: Balkans, our landmark ever since, and the whole Mediterranean area. In the view of the difficult economic phase we are now experiencing, there is no best moment to roll up our sleeves and turn opportunities into reality”.
According to Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola, “the current development model, based on numerical growth, jeopardises biodiversity and mutilates land richness. In the Mediterranean basin, desert areas are becoming larger, the quantity of algae is gradually increasing and climate is changing. This is not the result of accident but rather of an inappropriate anthropisation and transformation of the sea, land and atmosphere into a discharge”. Vendola believes that it is essential that “the regional communities of the Mediterranean area sign a pact to stop offshore drilling, because sea represents our ‘oil’ and must be preserved as such”. “We say no – he adds – to energy Cyclopes, to fossil fuels or other energy plants. In Puglia, we are betting on solar heating, on renewable energies. We must stop thinking of waste as a problem. It is a resource and must be set apart from mafia and bad governance. We say yes to water public management and protection. We propose the motto ‘those who waste must pay’. Moreover, we want to stop uncontrolled building development and give new value to suburbs. These are the challenges we have to face. We need to share good practices, develop a European eco-friendly bank and a new attitude towards the world. With these feelings, we work in the Mediterranean area and in support of it”.
Such a concept is also underlined by Regional Councillor to Environment Lorenzo Nicastro and Onofrio Introna, Regional Council Chief, who highlights the presence of many students and the importance of educating and training young generations. “Environment protection – he says – is fundamental and we will discuss this point on February 2, with Minister of Environment Clini and the Presidents of Regional Committees .”
Gianluca Paparesta, the Councillor for Southern Affairs of Bari, focuses on the sustainable development policies adopted by the town, “which decided to participate in the ‘Smart City’ project aiming at reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020. In 2015, Fiera del Levante will be a localised site of Milan World Expo dedicated to such issues”.
Finally, President of FEDERPARCHI Giampiero Sammurri says it is essential to link “environment protection policies with the wellbeing and the development of human being. Mediterranean Sea is rich in biodiversity and needs common policies. On this purpose, parks can play a key role, as well as the recent agricultural policy adopted by the EU.”
PRESS RELEASE No 1
Bari, 31 January 2012